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Monday, March 14, 2011

JAPAN: Earthquake-Tsunami: How to HELP

An 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit northern Japan early Friday March 11, 2011, triggering tsunamis that sent a wave filled with boats and houses toward land. It was the country's biggest earthquake ever and the seventh largest on record, according to US Geological Survey data, with the biggest being the 9.5, Chile, May 5, 1960.

I sat there in my house till almost 4am in the morning, glued to my TV watching the incredible happenings occurring in Japan. Watching the devastation from the aftermath of the earthquake, pictures, videos as it happened of buildings that have collapsed liked a row of dominoes in a matter of minutes. People frightened beyond imagination running for there lives just trying to survive. But the quake was NOT the only disaster, what followed only a half hour latter that was a giant Tsunami engulfing the Japanese eastern coast causing a wave of death,destruction and horror in it's wake. I watched cars on highways and roads trying to outrun the oncoming waters only to stop on the road realizing they were about to be swept away with everything else in it's path. Natori City, Japan - which was once home to about 74,000 people, has been wiped off the map!

I immediately said "WHAT CAN I DO"? What can WE do!
Below is a list of charities I've compiled that are officially setting up funds to help the people in JAPAN.

You can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your cell phone, or visit!

Save the Children is sending emergenct teams to asist its staff in Japan. Donate now to the Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund to support Save the Children's responses to the Japanese children's ongoing and urgent needs.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières has sent medical teams to support the government-led earthquake and tsunami response in Japan. There teams are running mobile clinics and conducting needs assessments. You can donate to Japan Earthquake Tsunami Fund

GlobalGiving This project will disburse funds to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami.You can either text JAPAN to 50555 from your cell phone to donate $10 or visitJapan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund

International Medical Corps is responding to the health needs of the disaster's victims. Nancy Aossey, President & CEO, said in a statement:"We are putting together relief teams, as well as supplies." You can text MED to 80888 from you cell phone to doante #10 or visit Emergency Response Team to Japan Fund
Peace Winds Japan, which currently has personnel on the ground distributing emergency relief in Japan.There are providing emergency disaster relief  through provisions emergency  shelters (balloon shelters and emergency tents) foods and materials.You can donate here to JAPAN EARTHQUAKE Relif Fund

Convoy of Hope Rescue workers in Japan following Friday’s 8.9 earthquake are facing the grim reality of mounting deaths. The best way to help is to either donate online at JAPAN EARTHQUAKE Relif Fund or text TSUNAMI to 50555 to donate $10 to Convoy of Hope's Disaster Response efforts.

 Unicef For decades, Japan has been there for the world's children in their time of need, supporting UNICEF's lifesaving work. Today, UNICEF is there for Japan's children.100% of your donation will go to Japan.Text JAPAN to 864233 to donate $10  or visit Disaster in Japan Fund
 Google For any who have loved ones abroad, has stepped up to help. Along with a tsunami alert posted on its front page, Google has launched the Person Finder: 2011 Japan Earthquake to help connect people that may have been displaced due to the disaster. Google has also launched a crisis response page filled with local  resources and  emergency information.